Raleigh, N.C. – Last Updated: March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Precautions at Activate Good
Activate Good is committed to the health & safety of our volunteers, partners, and staff. We wish to minimize the transmission of infectious disease, so we are staying up to date on the spread of COVID-19 and increasing sanitation measures in our facilities, following recommendations coming from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In addition to prioritizing safety, we also desire to create alternative ways of helping nonprofits serve our most vulnerable populations.
Our Internal Operations
As an organization, we have implemented the following measures:
- take common-sense precautions to protect from the spread of illness
- facilitated remote work for all staff between March 14 and April 30, with extensions to be assessed in mid to late April.
- cross-train employees and volunteers for key functions so that daily schedules can continue relatively uninterrupted
- make sure employees and volunteers are not encouraged to come to work if they are sick
- communicate with local health officials regarding questions or concerns about COVID-19
UPDATED: March 27 – We have made the difficult decision to postpone all visits schedule to our Good Hub POP UP and events occurring in the space that were occurring between March 14 through April 30. We are tentatively scheduled to re-open in May and will assess the situation over the next few weeks.
Our Commitment to Meeting Our Mission
- Continuation of Activate Good’s work connecting volunteers to area nonprofits: Activate Good will continue its mission of supporting local nonprofits and connecting volunteers in good health to fulfill their needs to the extent that is possible and safe at this time. We are also compiling a list of ways that volunteers can continue providing critical support to area nonprofits through remote volunteer opportunities. This ongoing list can be seen at https://activategood.org/covid19/.
- Regarding regular volunteering that occurs in-person in a nonprofit space or during a community-wide day of service: We urge visitors and volunteers to adhere to common-sense practices (outlined below), exercise their best judgment, and understand the policies and practices each individual nonprofit host has put into place regarding COVID-19 as they determine whether or not to participate in their planned volunteer activities in person. As always, we request volunteers practice good etiquette by notifying a nonprofit as far in advance as possible that they are no longer able to participate in a scheduled volunteer activity. Communicating your cancellations in a timely manner is a critical part of ensuring our nonprofit partners have enough time to rearrange plans and activities to accommodate changes, especially in the face of these challenges. We thank you for your courtesy and cooperation in practicing good communication.
- Regarding host nonprofit’s policies on COVID-19: Activate Good currently serves over 500 Triangle area organizations who utilize volunteers to support their work. Please note that each individual organization has or may have their own policy or anticipated changes in response to COVID-19. As needed, ask to view or request a copy of their policy as it will differ from organization to organization.
Regarding The Good Hub POP UP
At this time, Activate Good plans to continue The Good Hub POP UP by keeping The Good Hub POP UP space located at 702 Oberlin Road (Suite 400) in Raleigh open on its designated open days. We urge visitors and volunteers to adhere to common-sense practices (outlined below) and exercise their best judgment when determining whether or not to visit our space. As stated, if you are interested in providing support to our community’s nonprofits but your work or circumstances have required you to cancel or opt out of other public activities, we hope you’ll consider fulfilling one of our nonprofit partners’ remote volunteer needs, listed here: https://activategood.org/remote
Activate Good has committed to thorough and frequent disinfection of the Good Hub POP UP facility. We are actively adhering to cleaning protocols with special emphasis placed on the disinfection of door handles and other frequently touched areas, as suggested by the CDC.
We’ve posted notices about hand-shakes and sanitation measures at The Good Hub POP UP and are developing a response plan if the situation with the Coronavirus worsens in this area. Any and all Good Hub POP UP event cancellations are weighed seriously and with an awareness of and sensitivity to the most vulnerable among us but upholding the spirit of our mission of bringing people together in service.
Continuing or cancelling events and programming scheduled to occur in the POP UP space will be assessed on a case by case basis. Changes to our schedule or events will be communicated by email to any who have signed up for those activities through our registration pages, on our website for The Good Hub (www.thegoodhub.org), and on our Activate Good social media channels.
Keeping our community safe
A reminder of those common-sense measures we can all take:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water frequently, for at least 20 seconds. We like to sing a song while we wash!
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
- Use disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing; dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly
- If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm/sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, and remain home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms…but send them well wishes from afar
- Maintain healthy habits. Time to try that new recipe!
- Take time to discuss illness and spreading germs with your little ones